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Apple: Most iCloud data can now be end-to-end encrypted

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Wow, I was not aware iCloud had no encryption. AWS certainly does....

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Wow, I was not aware iCloud had no encryption. AWS certainly does....

Huh? AWS and iCloud technologies that do different things, not really comparable. iCloud is a service where apple users can have their data stored, AWS is a cloud hosting provider, that allows for containerization of systems in the cloud in order to provide cloud-based apps.

Moving past that, iCloud has encryption - it's the end to end encryption that is new. And whether or not something on AWS has end-to-end encryption, it depends on the project, the developer, the software, and the company, working on the AWS instance as to whether or not it has AWS.

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@Strangerland

For an Infotech person sure it's different. For an end user like me, all I see is where my apps, data storage and retrieval takes place, and I had always thought when I backup the data I collected on an ipad (to icloud) that it's secured end to end, AWS certainly does.

We used to use ipad to take photos, collect data in the field for the purpose of quoting/tendering (so very sensitive to security issues), If I knew that when we transmit to iCloud that it wasn't end to end encrypted, I would have taken it up with the IT department.

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For an Infotech person sure it's different. For an end user like me, all I see is where my apps, data storage and retrieval takes place

AWS is a cloud host. If you are backing up your data to AWS, whether or not it is end-to-end encrypted is dependent upon the service you are using. Theoretically, iCloud could be hosted on AWS (though it's not). Again, iCloud and AWS are an Apple to orange comparison.

I had always thought when I backup the data I collected on an ipad (to icloud) that it's secured end to end, AWS certainly does.

AWS doesn't end-to-end encrypt its storage, the owners of the service you are using will decide if the software they are developing to back up your files will be end-to-end encrypted.

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If you are backing up your data to AWS, whether or not it is end-to-end encrypted is dependent upon the service you are using

We used AWS storage gateway, using our own apps. It's encrypted end-to-end, AND I didn't think our apps (using AWS API) can be configured to have no encryption, ie encryption is mandatory.

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nearly everything that customers backed up remotely using Apple's iCloud service — including photos, videos and chats — has not been protected by encryption.

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I really don't want to entrust any data that I consider "sensitive" to a 3rd party. They don't suffer if the data is compromised, but I would.... so best keep it at home, and as securely as you can see fit.

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And... when it comes to "cloud" data, no, I'm not a Hill-billy, making such statements. I also don't want to make any false statements over data security, though I wouldn't want to place my trust in others who don't care, or have nothing to loose.

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